Laura Slater is a Postdoctoral Research Affiliate on the ERC-funded project, ‘SPECTRUM: Visual Translations of Jerusalem.’ Her research focus for this project is a study of the medieval Westminster Abbey and Palace complex, alongside wider investigations into the political significances of European Jerusalem sites. Her research interests centre on the relationships between art, ideas, power and politics in medieval Britain and Europe. She is working on a cultural history of the Anglo-Scottish Wars and a study of medieval Egyptology.
She completed her AHRC-funded PhD in History of Art at King’s College, University of Cambridge. In spring 2012, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin as part of the 'History Books in the Anglo-Norman World’ project, funded by the Marie Curie Programme (FP7) alongside Trinity Long Room Hub and Trinity Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC). Between October 2013 and April 2015 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the SPECTRUM project.
In 2015-2016, Laura held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London and taught at the University of Cambridge and University College London. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, working on the ERC-funded Music and Late Medieval European Courtly Cultures project.
Murray Seminars on Medieval and Renaissance Art, Birkbeck College, June 2016: ‘Talking Back to Power? Art and Political Opinion in Early Fourteenth-Century England’
Showcasing Art History, ‘Image and Imagination in Late Medieval Europe, c.1200-1500’, The Courtauld Institute, January 2016: ‘Imagining Jerusalem in Medieval England’
History Books in the Anglo-Norman World Conference, Trinity College Dublin, May 2015: ‘Picturing the Past in Matthew Paris’ Vie de Saint Auban’
Late Medieval Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, February 2015: ‘Political Spin in Fourteenth Century England? The Reputation of Queen Isabella of France’
Representations of the Holy Land: Challenging the Phenomenon through New Case Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 2014: ‘Westminster Abbey- the Plantagenet Jerusalem?’
Remembering Jerusalem: Imagination, Memory and the City, King’s College London, November 2014: ‘Jerusalem in Northampton: Christian Histories and Local Memories’
Invention and Imagination in British Architecture, 600-1500, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, November 2014: ‘Inventing and Imagining Place: Jerusalems in England and the Case of Westminster’
‘Wahrnehmung und Rezeption Jerusalems im deutschen und italienische Sprachraum/Perceptions and Translations of Jerusalem in German and Italian Speaking Areas’, Universität Salzburg, August 2014: ‘ The Red Mount Chapel: Jerusalem in East Anglia’
International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2014: ‘Lessons in Leadership at Winchcombe Abbey’ and chairing Session 1125, ‘Fragmented Body Politic, I: Bodies of Land and Fragments of Empire’
Post-doctoral Showcase, University of York, June 2014: ‘Visual Translations of Jerusalem: Memory, Politics, Devotion’
Imagining Jerusalem, c.1099 to the Present Day: AHRC-funded research network project workshop, University of York, February 2014: ‘The Politics of Jerusalem Translations’
Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World, University of Cambridge, 2013: ‘Saints and the Anglo-Scottish Wars’
Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation, Queen Mary University of London, 2013: ‘The Winchcombe Psalter and English Monastic Culture after the Conquest’
Cambridge-Columbia Symposium, History of Art Department, Cambridge, 2013: ‘Maintaining or Reinventing Tradition? The Beresford Shroud Tomb’
International Chronicles Symposium, University of Oxford, 2012: ‘Linking Past, Present and Politics in British Library MS Royal 20 A II’
Trinity College, Dublin, 2012: ‘Visions of History in the Medieval English Great Church’
Cambridge Medieval History Research Seminars, 2011: ‘Death and Downfall in Medieval English Political Debate’
Cambridge Medieval Art Seminars, 2011: ‘Political Vice and Virtue at Canterbury Cathedral’
Graduate Symposium, History of Art Department, Cambridge, 2011: ‘Art and Political Thought in Medieval England’
International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 2010: ‘Queen Isabella of France: Artistic Patronage and her Political Career’
King’s College Graduate Seminar Series, 2010: ‘Queen Isabella of France and the Politics of Patronage’
‘The Politics of Visual Translations of Jerusalem’, co-convened with Dr Hanna Vorholt and to be held at the University of York, March 2015
‘Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World’, co-convened with Dr Joanna Bellis and sponsored by the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation. Held at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, September 2013
‘Medieval Art in East Anglia’, organised in collaboration with the University of East Anglia, held at the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge, 2012
‘Art and Politics in Britain’, co-convened with Dr Chloe Ward and sponsored by the Rylands Fund. Held at King’s College, University of Cambridge, 2011.
Graduate Symposium, held at the History of the Art Department, University of Cambridge, 2011
Cambridge Medieval Art Seminars, co-organised 2008-2012 and hosted at the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge